David Annen (left) and Paul Bhattacharjee play G.H. Hardy and Srinivasa Ramanujan, two mathematicians who inspired Simon McBurney's A Disappearing Number. Robbie Jack hide caption

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Keith Lockhart conducts the Boston Pops on the 4th of July, 2008. Stu Rosner hide caption

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Actor Danny Kaye (left) clowns around with composer Frank Loesser while rehearsing a song for the 1952 film Hans Christian Andersen. Gjon Mili/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images hide caption

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How To Succeed In Showbiz: The Frank Loesser Story

Today marks the hundredth anniversary of the famed composer's birth. Loesser penned some of Broadway's best-known musicals, including Guys and Dolls.

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Just Dance: Megan Sikora (center) is a member of the ensemble in Broadway's revival of Promises, Promises. Sikora also understudies the musical's lead, Kristin Chenoweth, and featured actress Katie Finneran. Joan Marcus/The Hartman Group hide caption

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The Tanglewood Festival Chorus has 280 volunteer singers. Michael J. Lutch hide caption

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Luis Diaz (from left), Jenny Undercofler (music director), David Valbuena, Nico Muhly (composer), Haley Gillia, Ramin Abrams, Ethan Cohn and Amanda Lubin of Face the Music. Joan Jastrebski hide caption

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In The Burnt Part Boys, teenagers Chet (Andrew Durand), Jake (Charlie Brady), Pete (Al Calderon) and Frances (Molly Ranson) all set out for the mines that killed their fathers -- some meaning to destroy them, others to prevent their destruction. Joan Marcus hide caption

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Adrian Kohler, co-founder of the company that made War Horse's puppets, uses the techniques and tools of shipbuilding -- his father was a shipwright -- to build his creations. Simon Annand hide caption

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Running For Profit: Enron tells the story of how the company's chief executive officer, Jeffrey Skilling (Norbert Leo Butz, left), and chief financial officer, Andrew Fastow (Stephen Kunken, right), brought about the corporation's downfall. Joan Marcus hide caption

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Tony Award-winning actor John Gallagher, Jr. as the lead character, Johnny. Paul Kolnik hide caption

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Denzel Washington and Viola Davis play Troy and Rose Maxson, a couple who have been together for 18 years. Rose, who is loyal to Troy despite his past infidelity, is helping to raise his illegitimate daughter, Raynell. Joan Marcus hide caption

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The Habit of Art explores the darker side of artistic life. One moment, Richard Griffith's bedraggled W.H. Auden is pontificating on the significance — or insignificance — art and the next he is passing gas. Johan Persson hide caption

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David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's collaboration, Here Lies Love, includes 22 songs about the rise and fall of Imelda Marcos. Andy Sheppard/Redferns/Getty Images hide caption

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More Mascara, Please: In La Cage aux Folles, Albin and his lover Georges try to play it straight when Georges' son invites his ultraconservative would-be in-laws to dinner. The plan goes awry — and in the end the homophobes must grudgingly enlist the help of Les Cagelles — the drag chorus line (above) at the nightclub Georges and Albin own — to escape with their political reputations intact. Joan Marcus hide caption

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